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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann (16 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434019259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434019250
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 796,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The new novel from Don Winslow, author of The Dawn Patrol --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Boone Daniels, the most laid-back of private investigators, gathers with his surfing buddies on Pacific Beach, California as per usual. There's no surf to speak of, but the Dawn Patrol are out in force anyway...it's what they do. Having no work at the moment, and no real reason to go to the office other than to see the red ink getting redder, Boone sticks around for the second shift on the daily surfing clock - the Gentlemen's Hour, frequented by the older veteranos and successful entrepreneurs - and ends up taking on a hated matrimonial case. But that soon becomes the least of his worries.

When The Sundowner, symbolic icon of the San Diego surf scene, sees a dispute between a young surfer and a member of the territorial Rockpile Crew - a dispute that ends in murder - the painful truth that violence is seeping into the surf community can no longer be ignored. So when lawyer Petra Hall, who has a thing with Boone, asks him to help the defence on that particular case, Boone knows he'll be courting outrage from the community...and from the rest of the Dawn Patrol.

As his closest friendships begin to fray, and he digs deeper into the murkier side of surfing culture, Boone sees his two cases overlap in unexpected ways and finds himself struggling to stay afloat as the water gets deeper and deeper...and more deadly.


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C.Elder on 13 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
Don Winslow writes interesting stories,covering different topics.Not all of them will appeal to everyone.The Winter of Frankie Machine was excellent,and is just begging to be made into a movie.The Gentlemen's hour features the same characters of a previous book-The Dawn Patrol.The story is set in southern California and has many surfing allusions.The terms and language of the surfing community probably mean nothing to most of us,and can be a little annoying.But keep going because the story is excellent(as in the Dawn Patrol). Drugs;crime;murder;real estate swindles;
municipal corruption;etc it's all in here.The main protagonist is very appealing as a character(ex-cop and occasional private eye)with real morals and values in a world that no longer seems to have any.His friends are interesting people from different walks of life(including criminals active and former).They are all linked by their love of surfing,even though they are not exactly young beach bums,but well into their 30's.A young,ambitious,female lawyer asks him to take a case that makes him an instant pariah amongst his friends/surfers.That of young man who has confessed to the muder of a revered hero of this community.Petra Hall,the lawyer believes that in spite of the confession,all is not what it seems.Why does he take such a stinker of a case knowing that it will put him in an impossible situation?Intertwined,there are other cases he is involved in,and these turn out to be linked in an unexpected way.And just to keep the pot boiling,he and the lawyer develop feelings for each other.This is a tense thriller,as drug lord hitmen are sent out to tie up the loose ends including the private eye/surfer and the lawyer.
I was rivetted,and the book was hard to put down.I hope there will be another with these characters as there are enough elements for a further adventure.
Get it,you won't be disappointed.Although you should probably start with the Dawn Patrol.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 May 2014
Format: Paperback
I don’t know that I really needed to read this book. It is very similar to his last in this series, i.e. lots of surfing terms, an interesting will-she won’t-she end up in bed with his new fancy scenario, a lawyer, who is several rungs above him on the San Diego society ladder and a well-plotted real estate scam for him to work out and then get into danger in pursuit of (1) a cheating wife, and (2) a lowlife gang of sorry failures attracted to the ideas behind a racist white supremacist. Excuse me if this sounds a little tired, but it all depends on whether you like the setting (surfers) and the Private Eye, Boone Daniels. I liked him in his first in this series, but I’m just a little bored, especially with three line chapters and – well – the refusal of Boone himself to get a life outside of the surfing scene.

It’s well written, don’t get me wrong, but it really does depend on whether you are a ‘surf’s-up’ freak. The action is good, in parts – and I think he’s done enough to make this a successful read, but I’m not a surfer and this time there is little to learn. We already know about his commitment problems, and we know about his surfing credentials, but the ocean is: “as flat as Kansas” in this book and there is nothing really new to learn about Boone here. My reaction is, sadly, move along people, there’s nothing to see here. Development of the ‘Raine’ superstructure plot might get me back, but I’m reserving judgement on this one.
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By Sam Tyler on 22 May 2015
Format: Paperback
There aren’t many books that flow in the style of a wave, but then there are not many authors out there quite as good as Don Winslow. ‘The Gentlemen’s Hour’ is the second Boone Daniels mystery and it sees the part time PI, full time surfer, Boone come up against some criminals that even he cannot handle on his own. Two cases fall into his lap; one appears to be a straightforward cheating spouse whilst the other is a case of helping a murderer – a murderer that is hated by all the surfing community.

Like the flat sea at the start of the book, ‘Gentlemen’s Hour’ begins quite slowly, getting the reader back into the rhythm of Boone. This is not a PI that likes to be rushed and neither will the story. However, as the reader starts to think that not much is going to happen, Winslow slowly increases the pace. By the end of the book you are in the centre of a ferocious tube of action and terror that just snuck up on you. The reader, like Boone, just has to ride the wave and see if you come out the other end.

The sense of time and place in this book is fantastic, Winslow is great at balancing information about a character or location without overdoing it. By the end of the book you feel like you have an idea what the real California coastline must be like. The final 100 pages or so of ‘Gentlemen’s Hour’ are as good as anything that Winslow as written before, it’s just that the book does not have the majesty throughout of ‘The Power of the Dog’, a book that remains one of the best things I have ever read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eamonn Mc on 16 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
I've been an avid Don Winslow reader for about six years and have read just about all his books. I have to say I found The Gentlemens Hour simple, shallow, padded with too much surf speak with a fairly transparent finale. The romance angle between Boone Daniels and Petra Hall was also drawn out way too long. The book is so far adrift of The Power of the Dog or The Winter of Frankie Machine that I could believe they were written by different authors - I hope that this work is just a blip on an otherwise brilliant track and I look forward to Don's next effort.
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